Paul Theodore McCord left for the big fishing hole in the sky on May 22, 2023. Paul was born in Dallas, Texas April 20, 1958. He spent his childhood in the Virgin Islands, France, and Texas. He studied foundry engineering at Texas A&M and graduated in 1981. When asked about his college experience Paul would proudly state, “I squeezed 4 years of studies into 5 ½.”
Paul spent his career in the oil and gas industry, working his way up from the foundries to traveling the world to meet suppliers. His career took him to China, Taiwan, Qatar, India, Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. Paul’s travels were the most exciting part of his work, and he always made friends in each of the places he visited. His time in India left the biggest impression on him. Paul loved the people, the food, and the culture.
Paul was an adventurer. He was the first to try exotic foods, and shared his love of cooking and different cuisines with his children. Once, (while his wife was out of town) he bought and cooked a whole beef tongue, with surprisingly delicious results. Paul loved fishing and enjoyed visiting Galveston to try his hand at several of his favorite fishing spots. He rarely had any luck, but we didn’t tell the fish that.
Paul was preceded in death by his father Robert, mother Glenna, and brother John. He is survived by his wife, Paula, children, Lindsey, Hannah, and Colby, sons-in-law, Allen Svadlenak and Kasey Willeby, his brother David, sister Alex, step-mother Alexis, and many other nieces, nephews and in-laws. A private family gathering will be organized at a later date. As you remember Paul and his life, crack open a cold beer, put on some Rush, and order the unusual item on the menu just for him. And think of the life of the traveler who just set off on his greatest adventure.
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